Craig Cook has been handed the Belle Vue Aces captaincy as the team prepares to commence their 2017 campaign on April 5, when they head to Poole for Leg 1 of their Knock Out Cup encounter.
“We have got some younger guys to look after with Dan [Bewley] and Jack [Smith] at reserve. Dan is almost my neighbour and he’s already shown a great deal of potential in the last 12 months.
“Jack is not someone I’m familiar with but we talked on press day and he seems a good kid. He’s switched on, he’s enthusiastic and with his father [Andy Smith] helping him, he can’t go wrong.”
The next week holds little time to relax for Cook and his squad, with a second away fixture at Swindon on April 6 before they return home for Leg 2 of their KOC clash with the Pirates on April 7.
Cook continued: “It’s all in a day’s work for us. I personally prefer to be busy, certainly at this point in the year because it prepares you for what’s yet to come mid-season.
“We’ve put the past few months behind us now. We’re all keen to brush off the cobwebs, get on track and do what we do best but most importantly, I want us to get out there and enjoy our racing."
Photo - Ian Charles
Monday 3rd April 2017